Grave Tales Guided Walk

Waikumete Cemetery Guided Walk – “In Memoriam”.
Meet at the Chapel of Faith in the Oaks.
Morning walk, 10 am – 12 noon.
Afternoon walk, 3 pm – 5 pm.
Cost $5.
No booking required, just turn up.
Each walk is 2 hours duration.

The morning walk is repeated in the afternoon so choose a time that suits you.

The walk will cover a variety of topics, including murderers and victims, tragedy, statesmen, businessmen, mariners, service people, craftspeople, children and paupers.
Please be prepared for hot weather over the summer months. Terrain will vary. There will be steep hills and some rough uneven terrain. Please wear sensible walking shoes and a hat. Bring a drink and snacks.

Please check the Friends of Waikumete Facebook page for details of the current walk / cancellation notice



Ghosts of Our Past

Mayors, Mariners & Stonemasons

Meet at the Chapel of Faith in the Oaks.

PLEASE NOTE – Some stories may not be suitable for children.

Parking is available in the cemetery.

MORNING WALK: 10 am to 12 Noon
The morning walk will be repeated in the afternoon.

AFTERNOON WALK: 3 pm to 5 pm.

COST for all walks is a GOLD COIN DONATION which will go towards a grave restoration project.

Dress for the weather, sun or rain protection.
Wear suitable footwear for rough terrain.  It is likely that it will be wet under foot.
Bring drink & snacks.
Dogs on leads.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
No bookings required, just turn up.
Contact: John on 027 535 1959 or
Ruth on (09) 818 4352

Check on Friends of Waikumete Facebook page for details of the current walk / cancellation notice



Unveiling of the James Cross headstone

In November 2015 the heritage headstone of James Cross was vandalised.
In December 2015 the team at Waikumete Cemetery and many members from our community walked circuits of the cemetery non stop for 24 hours in a fundraising effort to replace the headstone. The fundraising achieved its goal!

On the 24th of September the new headstone for James Cross was unveiled. 

James Cross was a sailor on the H.M.S Orlando. He drowned in Auckland Harbour at the man-of-war steps of Queen Street wharf on 9th of May 1894, aged 30 years. The orginal headstone was paid for by his shipmates.
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